New Hampshire is considering a 1 cent tax on beverage containers that would hit beer, soda, juice and water containers made of glass, plastic and metal.
The bill excludes milk, wine and spirits. Groceries are fighting the bill because they say it will hurt sales from out of state customers. Some stores count on visitors for up to 40 percent of their business.
The tax would hit brewers operating in the state. Smuttynose Brewing Co. and Portsmouth Brewery say the 1 cent tax would cost them $17,000, while Anheuser-Busch, which operates a brewery in Merrimack, says the tax will result in a $8 million hit for the brewery.